Australian Music The Best Australian Bands, Ranked  

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Who are the best Australian bands? The best bands from Australia you'll find on this list come from a variety of different musical genres, including rock, pop, metal, electronic, jam, punk, and acoustic. Sometimes known as "Oz Rock," rock n' roll has prevailed in Australia for the past 50 years.  

Three distinct types of rock made their way to the outback between 1955 - 1975. The first wave in the '50s was influenced by both American and British music. Most of the tunes in this era were fairly clean-cut acts, and often appeared on Bandstand. However, the Beatles swooped in shortly after and changed everything. With them came other pop acts, such as The BeeGees and The Easybeats. The third wave occurred in the early '70s, and influenced a new style of rock called "pub rock." The most famous pub rock band to come out of this decade was of course, AC/DC.  

Music lovers who are looking for new music to listen to can use this list of talented Australian musicians to discover some great new bands and artists. Vote up the best Australian bands, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section. 
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1
3,300 1,263
AC/DC is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Boogie rock, Rock music

2
2,274 1,493
INXS is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Dance-rock

3
2,077 1,122
Midnight Oil is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Alternative rock, Progressive rock

4
2,716 741
Cold Chisel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pub rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

5
1,447 1,508
Bee Gees is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Adult contemporary music, Blue-eyed soul, Disco

6
1,473 1,187
Men at Work is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

7
1,194 583
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Punk rock, Hard rock

8
1,522 993
Crowded House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
New Wave, Rock music, Pop rock

9
831 420
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PaulCollins added Folk music, Folk rock, Acoustic music

10
820 531
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

11
868 581
Hunters & Collectors is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Rock music

12
1,023 724
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PaulCollins added Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music

13
948 538
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Pop music, Rock music

14
954 442
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Rock music, College rock

15
1,008 373
Jimmy Barnes is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rhythm and blues

16
802 420
The Easybeats is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Rock and roll

17
1,005 529
Powderfinger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Rock music, Pop rock, Post-grunge

18
736 761
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Folk rock, Pop rock

19
625 377
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Glam rock, Hard rock

20
703 740
Jet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop music, Rock music, Garage punk

21
983 589
Silverchair is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Synthpop, Grunge, Pop rock

22
630 350
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PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Progressive rock

23
537 378
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

24
474 338
Rose Tattoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal

25
539 316
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

26
954 564
The Church is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Jangle pop, New Wave, Rock music

27
598 402
The Living End is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Pop punk, Ska punk, Psychobilly

28
707 512
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PaulCollins added New Wave, Pop music, Rock music

29
819 524
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Gothic rock, Rock music

30
893 1,136
Tame Impala is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Space rock, Neo-psychedelia, Dream pop

31
452 324
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Rock music, Pop rock

32
495 363
John Farnham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Rock music

33
345 288
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PaulCollins added Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock

34
385 367
Mondo Rock is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Rock and roll, Progressive rock

35
445 247
Ian Moss is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Rock music, Blues

36
494 827
Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Country pop, Pop music, Soft rock

37
659 578
Wolfmother is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Blues-rock, Rock music, Neo-psychedelia

38
511 560
Savage Garden is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
Melodic Rock, Pop music, Contemporary R&B

39
472 290
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PaulCollins added Pub rock, Hard rock

40
449 304
Daddy Cool is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music

41
468 414
The John Butler Trio is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music

42
402 271
Baby Animals is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
DonElford added Rock music, Indie rock

43
458 602
Air Supply is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Adult contemporary music, Pop music, Pop rock

44
451 373
The Saints is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
HelenNguyen added Pop punk, Punk blues, Rock music

45
326 429
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PaulCollins added Alternative rock, Indie rock

46
358 279
Billy Thorpe is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music, Rock and roll

47
364 286
Johnny Diesel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Blues-rock, Rock music, Rock and roll

48
422 365
Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
thecollo67 added New Wave, Rock music, Alternative rock

49
351 282
Daryl Braithwaite is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
PaulCollins added Pop music, Rock music

50
357 519
Sia Furler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Australian Bands, Ranked
mwhite3 added Pop music, Trip hop, Dance-pop